Young Qld workers more at risk of death than those in NSW

YOUNG workers in Queensland are almost three times more likely to die on the job than their counterparts in New South Wales.

A Safe Work Australia report released last week found that from 2008/9 to 2010/11 Queensland employees under the age of 25 died at the rate of 6.55 per 100,000 workers, compared to just 2.30 per 100,000 in NSW.

In NSW 11 young men and 2 young women were killed in the two-year period, while in Queensland the toll was 26 men and one woman under the age of 25.

The same disparity did not occur in workers aged 25 years or older, although death rates were still higher in Queensland, with 8.34 deaths per 100,000 workers, than in NSW, which recorded 6.24 deaths per 100,000 employees.

Across the nation 26% of young workers killed worked in the construction industry and a further 25% worked in agriculture, fishing or forestry.

Some 44% of young workers killed worked as labourers and 20% as technicians or in trades.

Among older workers, 34% of those killed were machinery operators or drivers, while 18% were technicians or trade workers, 16% labourers and 16% managers.

Vehicle accidents accounted for 47% of young workers and 38% of older workers killed on the job.

Another 10% of the young workers were killed when they were struck by moving objects while 8% were trapped by moving machinery.

Of the older workers, 13% died after falling from a height, 12% by being hit by moving objects and 10% by being hit by falling objects.

In total, 72 young workers died on the job over the period covered by the report.

This compared to 656 workers aged 25 and over in the same period.

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